Kingswood Records’ special projects exemplify the essence of the philosophy of the label and its sister company Ezzie Films— that folk music (or Americana or singer-songwriter or whatever you want to call it) is an ongoing story that reaches back to the earliest years of recorded music and looks forward to the future. Our documentary film projects Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost (which traces the history of jug band music), Vagabondo (about 60’s folk star Vince Martin), For the Love of the Music: the Club 47 Folk Revival (focusing on the Cambridge MA folk music scene), and the soon-to-be-released Tom Rush: No Regrets combine to celebrate the continuum of folk.
With 14 brand tracks of traditional and contemporary folk music recorded in a special, live performance for the production of the Ezzie Films documentary. It features performances by Club 47 icons Tom Rush, Peter Rowan, Jim Rooney, and John Byrne Cooke, Club Passim-era stars Ellis Paul, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, and emerging artists, including up-and-coming 17-year old singer-songwriter Hayley Reardon.
Track listing: 1.”San Francisco Bay Blues” Tom Rush; 2.”My Rough and Rowdy Ways” John Byrne Cooke and Philip Sterk; 3.”Morning Song” Jack Landrón; 4.”One Morning in May” Jim Rooney; 5.”Blue Ridge Mountain Blues” Jim Rooney and Peter Rowan; 6.”The Walls of Time” Peter Rowan; 7.”Oh Death” Tim Eriksen; 8.”Red River Valley Variations” David Amram, Peter Rowan and James Preston; 9.”Hurricane Angel” Ellis Paul; 10.”Above the Sea” Red Heart the Ticker; 11.”I Have No Idea” Tripping Lily; 12.”True North” Meg Hutchinson and Antje Duvekot; 13.”Sweet Spot” Antje Duvekot, Meg Hutchinson and Ellis Paul; 14.”Stand Together” Hayley Reardon
The sights and sounds of folk icon Tom Rush‘s historic and delightful return to Boston Symphony Hall, in his 2012 concert are now available on Tom’s new 2-disc live DVD/CD, Celebrates 50 Years of Music. On the 17-song DVD and companion 13-song CD Tom displays his intimate, conversational baritone vocals, adept guitar-work, relaxed charm and droll humor in a program encompassing all phases of his career – the folk-blues of “Drop Down Mama,” a rocking “Who Do You Love,” his best-known composition, “No Regrets” (a hit in four different genres as recorded by other artists), the definitive version of Joni Mitchell’s “Urge for Going,” and recent originals “Hot Tonight” and “What I Know,” among other signature songs.
In the inclusive “Club 47 Series” spirit, Tom is backed by a stellar house band that includes many of his guests when they’re not in the spotlight themselves. David Bromberg steps out front on the acoustic “Statesboro Blues” and the raucous shuffle “Tongue” (a bonus track on the DVD). Jonathan Edwards contributes a heartfelt rendition of the ’60s anthem, “Get Together,” and the title song from his most recent CD, “My Love Will Keep.” There’s a hilarious song on the DVD called “Jews Don’t Camp” by New England-based folk veterans Buskin & Batteau, who also perform the delicate “Lancelot’s Song (Guinevere)” on the CD. The “new guy,” singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, makes himself at home on the old-timey “Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine” and Jimmie Rodgers’ “My Little Lady.”
A live recording from San Francisco’s Great American Music All featuring the modern day stars of jug band music, including Jim Kweskin, John Sebastian, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, David Grisman and Fritz Richmond’s Barbecue Orchestra. This once-in-a-lifetime concert was staged as part of the premiere of Ezzie Films‘ documentary Chasin’ Gus Ghost. Available from Amazon and here.